In power for more than a thousand years before its demise in 1453, the Byzantine Empire inherited the splendour and artistic tradition of the Roman Empire. A dazzling civilisation, the Byzantine Empire spread from Italy, through Northern Africa, to the Near East.
The magnificence of this culture’s palaces, churches, paintings, enamels, ceramics, and mosaics never stops beckoning to us. The extraordinary power of this tradition guaranteed its survival long after the dissolution of the empire that gave it life.
Charles Bayet (1849-1918) was Professor of History of the Middle Ages at the Sorbonne in Paris before becoming Professor of Art History at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts. He was the greatest specialist of Byzantine art. His book, Byzantine Art, remains a timeless reference work to this day.
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